Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John GreenTitle: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Sensuality Rating: Innocent
Source: bought
Published: September 22, 2009 by Speak

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

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Reviewed by: Monica

Why Did I Read This Book: I liked the trailer for the movie and decided I'd need to read the book if I planned to go see it.

In a Nutshell: Girl and boy have a wonderful/eventful evening together and then when she abruptly disappears he searches for her.

What I Liked: This book is somewhat of an emotional comedic rollercoaster. There were times I worried and got scared. There were times I teared up. There were even times I jumped up and down with excitement. I enjoyed the reading of this book very much. Each new adventure, each new leg of the journey Q takes, and each new friend he picks up along the way. The book is funny, clever, and John Green writes it with such believability it's hard not to like it.

What I Didn't Like: I'll probably get stoned for this review as John Green has a very devoted following. I felt the ending of this book was so very anticlimactic. I know that this book is about the journey. The journey Q takes to get to Margo and how he changes along the way. I didn't miss that message I just felt the end was just 'meh'. Margo says when she wrote her own story they either had to do it or die...I caught that parallel as well. Just didn't like the ending is all.

Overall Impression: Boy loves girl, girl disappears, and boy chases girl. A fun read for those who have some wanderlust in their bones.

Monica’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

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  1. Great review :) I haven't read any of John Green's books but this one, and Looking For Alaska, both sounded interesting to me and I was thinking of reading them sometime. But then The Fault In Our Stars wasn't as emotional for me as everyone seemed to be saying it was, so it put me off needing to read the books quite so much. (I really like the film, it had some really good bits, but everyone said they cried so much & built it up as a sad film - I cry more at most disney pixar films than I did watching that one.)

  2. You liked it more than I did. I am not a fan of the ending at all. I hate being strung along for nothing. I really do. Great review.


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